Rangers eager to welcome ‘high energy’ Woodward

Texas Rangers top executive Jon Daniels had plenty of candidates to choose from before selecting former Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward as the franchise’s 19th manager.Interim manager Don Wakamatsu earned a long look as the full-time replacement for Jeff Banister, who was fired late in the season. Other candidates included Rangers assistant general manager Jayce Tingler, Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, Los Angeles Angels special assistant Eric Chavez, Philadelphia Phillies third base coach Dusty Wathan, Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada and others, according to The Athletic.Woodward’s enthusiasm and ability to bridge old-school fundamentals with new-school analytics helped to set him apart, Daniels said. The Rangers on Monday will formally introduce the 42-year-old Woodward, who agreed to a three-year contract plus a club option for 2022.”We are excited to welcome Chris Woodward and his family to the Texas Rangers,” said Daniels, the Rangers’ president of baseball operations and general manager. “Chris brings high energy, outstanding leadership and communication skills, a strong knowledge of the game and its evolving strategies, and great integrity — attributes that we feel are vital for our next manager. We believe these traits will resonate with our players, our staff, and our fans. He has also been a big part of a very successful stretch in Los Angeles.”We interviewed a number of strong candidates during an extensive interview process for our managerial role and believe we have found the right fit in Chris Woodward. We look forward to working with him and everyone on the baseball staff to develop and grow a culture that will lead to success for many years to come.”